The death toll from lightning in Bangladesh rose on Friday to 35, including children and women, as thundershowers struck Dhaka and other parts of the country after a week of scorching heat, foreign media reports.
Bangladesh Meteorological office said a much-awaited downpour brought with it thundershowers in 14 districts including Dhaka. The lightning that accompanied the seasonal nor’wester storms claimed the highest eight lives in north-western Pabna, five each in neighbouring Sirajganj and Rajshahi districts. Four persons died in Kishoreganj and Brahmanbarhia each, reports said.
In Dhaka, sudden thunderbolts killed two engineering students when they were playing football in the rain.
Seven more deaths were reported from other parts of the country.
Many children among casualties
The casualties included a number of children who were playing in open grounds during the rain but mostly the victims were farmers, including women, who were in their fields.
Rains appeared as a welcome shower after a mild heat wave scorched the country, but the downpour brought with it the killer lightning.